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Houseplants that Require Lots of Natural Light

Are you on the hunt for the best indoor plants to spruce up your light-flooded sunroom or window sills? In this article, we showcase a list of showstopping and sun-loving plants for indoor spaces.

Let’s delve right in!


Succulents may be some of the hardiest and drought-tolerant plants you can get your hands on. While there are a few low-light succulent varieties that can survive dark apartments, they are known to thrive faster in spaces where natural light is abundant. The window sills of your bay or bow windows, which get a generous amount of sunlight during the daytime, make a delightful spot for displaying your best succulents and indoor plants. 

Nevertheless, not all succulents do well as houseplants. Specific varieties require direct sunlight exposure, particularly those with vibrant red, purple, and orange foliage. Go for naturally green succulent plants, such as the Haworthia, Gasteria, and Echeveria varieties, that can adapt to indoor environments provided they have bright, indirect light. 

Overwatering is the first rookie mistake that kills a lot of succulents and other plants indoors. Despite being drought-resistant, succulents still need water to live. When it comes to watering, they’re super low-maintenance. They do not demand frequent watering sessions, as most houseplants do. 

Succulent plants for indoor growing conditions

Areca Palm 

Areca palm also goes by the name butterfly palm, golden cane palm, or yellow palm. It’s one of the best indoor plants if you’re planning to transform your space into a tropical paradise instantly. It’s native to Madagascar and South India and was an endangered plant species at one point. 

A mature areca palm grows beyond 8 feet in height with golden trunks sometimes. The gorgeous palm leaves spread widely and spark serene island vibes. As an evergreen plant that originally hails from tropical forests, an areca palm plant grown indoors will only do best when given plenty of filtered natural light. Set it up against your floor to ceiling glass windows or a sliding glass door that leads to a sunny balcony or porch. Given everything it needs to grow as a majestic indoor tree, areca palms boast an average lifespan of up to 15 years. 

Indoor areca palm plant

Rubber Plant 

Whether you have a medium-sized one on a plant riser or a scene-stealing full-sized indoor tree, there’s no denying that a thriving rubber plant indoors is on every plant parent’s wishlist. Formerly called ficus elastica, rubber trees make fantastic focal point plants that effortlessly accentuate your home’s interiors. These magnificent houseplants are better when bought younger because they have higher chances of adapting to an indoor growing environment than a mature one. 

Rubber plants love lots of natural light for growing and unfurling new foliage. Without sufficient light conditions, your rubber plant will become leggy, and its dark green leaves will slowly lose its shine, droop, and fall off one by one. On the other hand, intense and direct exposure to midday sun is also not recommended as it can lead to burning and browning of the leaves. 

Rubber tree

Potted Herbs 

Herbs do great when they get a minimum of six hours of natural sunlight daily. 

They’re the best indoor plants for homeowners with limited space. Create a micro garden filled with a wide variety of herbs to decorate your window sill. Don’t forget to rotate your potted herb plants every now and ensure an equal amount of sunlight exposure in all areas and, as a result, lushness on all sides. 

Here’s a list of perennial herbs to get you started.

  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Parsley 
  • Oregano
  • Chives
  • Lemongrass 
  • Mint 
  • Bay laurel
  • Cilantro 

Pick out herbs with flavourful aroma and those that you typically use when cooking. It’s going to be a rewarding experience to harvest fresh herbs from your indoor garden to spice up your recipes or brew into a soothing cup of tea. Plus, your home is going to smell amazing, with fresh herb plants grown indoors.

Potted herb plants

Orchid Plants 

If you want a pop of colour and long-lasting blooms, orchid plants definitely pack a punch in that department. Orchid flowers have an incredible staying power that can last for several months. Adequate natural light is one of the secret ingredients to keeping one of the best indoor flowering plants healthy and blooming. According to the American Orchid Society, orchid plants require bright, indirect light at least six hours every day to encourage growth and flowering. 

Orchids should be placed near a north-facing window that gets bathed in sunlight every morning. Make sure that it’s fitted with appropriate window treatments, such as a sheer curtain or light-coloured blinds, which you can draw in the afternoon to shelter the orchid from the scorching sun to prevent burning the flowers and foliage. 

Maximize Natural Light at Home With Clera Windows 

Create your own concrete jungle with these home improvement ideas to increase natural light for your best indoor plants.

  • Build new exterior windows or get larger replacement windows if possible. Besides making a brighter space for your plants, you’ll also improve your home’s air circulation and ventilation.
  • Swap opaque wooden doors with a more stylish French door or a sliding garden door for openings leading to the balcony, porch, or patio. The door’s glass portions will adequately reflect the natural light from these outdoor spaces inside your home. 
  • Convert your screened-in porch into a sunroom to accommodate more light-loving plants all year round. A home with plenty of natural light has a lot of benefits. It’s also a smart strategy to enhance your home’s curb appeal. 
  • Get the most out of your bay or bow windows using the floor space as a dedicated spot for growing plants indoors. 

To get expert advice on which windows are best for indoor plants or to request a free home estimate, please contact us today!

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